Designed to wear with my beloved FACE atelier Ultra Foundation (swatches), the FACE atelier Ultra Camouflage Duet ($33) consists of two concealer shades in small black compact (tiny mirror included). This water-resistant formula gives a natural, second-skin finish with a surprising amount of coverage.
The FACE atelier Ultra Camouflage Duet comes in four color options (Light, Medium, Dark, and Darker), each offering two coordinated concealer shades. FACE atelier recommends using “the golden shade to neutralize purple and red tones” and the neutral shade for “hiding blue and brown undertones.” You can also mix them to create a custom-color match for your skin. In my shade, Light, the lighter shade is more pink than neutral and significantly lighter than the darker shade, which is warmer with an almost orange-y tone.
This gives a very natural finish, yet I would say this gives a solid medium coverage. There are few concealers I’d place in the “full coverage” category – the ones that come to mind are really, truly heavy-duty full coverage. This has enough pigment to cover most spots, but not very dark hyper-pigmentation or tattoos. It’s silky enough that I feel comfortable using it under my eyes, which I don’t do with full coverage concealers. I typically use this as just an undereye concealer, but when I tried it on blemishes, I was surprised by how well it covered. It covers my acne scars, which are quite a deep red.
At $33 for .014, it’s not inexpensive. The price point is similar to the NARS Duo Concealer, which I’ve owned in the past (and which is apparently now discontinued). This has more of a silicone-smooth feel, while the NARS feels waxier. Both are lovely concealers that I would repurchase. The packaging is very similar to the Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer Duos (which I’ve also used in the past). The Eve Pearl is extremely moisturizing, which feels great on the skin but I also found I went through it very quickly.
While FACE atelier recommends using this with the Ultra Foundation, of course you can wear it with whatever foundation you favor. It’s definitely worth checking out the Pro Tips section (scroll down) on the FACE atelier site, as they have a lot of good ideas, like adding their Ultra Sheer Champagne to create a light-reflecting concealer.
To give you an idea of the coverage this provides, compare my left and right undereye areas in the photo above. On the left, I’m wearing no concealer and I’m wearing Ultra Camouflage on the right. Sidenote: On my lashes, I’m wearing FLOWER Beauty Lash Knockout Volumizing Mascara (my review).
Note 3/9/14: While many of FACE atelier’s products are vegan, this concealer is not, as it contains beeswax. Thank you to reader Makeup Artist for pointing this out!